San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

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For 6,469 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 46% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 The Story of the Weeping Camel
Lowest review score: 0 Cocktail
Score distribution:
6469 movie reviews
  1. Unlike other recent films noirs -- ''The Grifters,'' for example, or ''After Dark, My Sweet,'' both of which were based on Thompson stories -- One False Move lacks style and wit, and doesn't explore its characters beyond their cheap, cruddy exteriors. [24 June 1992, p.E1]
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  2. Despite the increase in seriousness, the film's mood is buoyant, as it's impossible not to root for these appealing if flawed youngsters.
  3. Very imaginative and can be enjoyed by audiences of all ages.
  4. It is not a pleasure to sit through, not even remotely, not even by some stretched definition of the word “pleasure.” It’s work, but it’s ultimately rewarding work. It tackles some truths that other movies wouldn’t touch, not even with a stick and thick gloves.
  5. There's no music to tell you what to think. It's just three good actors and one director's merciless powers of observation.
  6. The actor suffered deeply, and however much he’s responsible for that, it’s hard not to feel some compassion for a bright and sensitive artist who, at least early on, seemed full of life.
  7. A revelatory independent film whose moments of incredible sadness are offset by the same state of grace that blesses its astonishing title character.
  8. Accomplishes the near impossible, bringing a fresh perspective to a horrific subject.
  9. Masterful documentary.
  10. If you can weather some slow patches (and there are plenty), this boldly original, oddly affecting meditation on the afterlife will reward you with moments of profundity that will linger in your consciousness (or subconsciousness) for a lifetime (or lifetimes).
  11. Carries a lot of emotional power.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    If you haven’t seen a Weerasethakul film yet, here’s a good opportunity, but leave your expectations at the door. There’s no one like him.
  12. What it means in practice is that, with a Dardennes movie, nothing much seems to be going on - until everything seems to be going on. We watch events at a remove, and then, at a certain magical point, we are in the story, and we don't quite know how they did it - again.
  13. The epic and impassioned close that the saga deserves, a sweeping Wagnerian finish that's taut with suspense and wet with emotion.
  14. A gripping documentary about the most exacting and expensive scientific experiment ever conducted, and one that may be among the most significant.
  15. An impassioned documentary about a damaged American family, includes moments that seem to cross the line of what is emotionally acceptable to show onscreen.
  16. If you're the type who doesn't go to art-house films , Murderball should be your exception. It's hard to imagine anyone could walk away from this movie disappointed.
  17. It's fascinating stuff, but secondary to Ebert's genuine passion for the movies, which, if anything, grew toward the end of his life. He saw film as a great civilizing force, "a machine that generates empathy," as he says in the film. If that idea appeals to you, see Life Itself.
  18. Delivers a full emotional palette without undue sentimentalizing.
  19. This is the heart-rending true story of a man with a seemingly benign preoccupation that turned into something close to madness and brought him to a terrible end.
  20. No one else makes movies like this Spanish director.
  21. A mesmerizing film that is the most stunning, tempestuous love story in a decade or two of movie making.
  22. Naysayers have been claiming for years that the "Moneyball" book wouldn't work as a movie. But ultimately, it's the cinematic touches that keep this film version from becoming something exceptional.
  23. This is highly skilled filmmaking, but the movie is not for everybody — the relationship involves dominance and submission, sexual games played at a high pitch. This material falls short of pornographic, but still packs plenty of erotic punch.
  24. Love & Friendship looks splendid. If the costumes by Eimer Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh (“Cavalry”) were any more beautiful, they’d be too beautiful.
  25. Be warned: This is not a movie for a first date. Or a second date. Or perhaps any date.
  26. Ghobadi infuses his movie with a humor that can almost be called Seinfeldian, and it's this mix of laughter with tears that gives Marooned in Iraq its big impact.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Marks a cinematic milestone.
  27. The experience of watching Daniel Day-Lewis in this role is nothing less than thrilling. This is Lincoln. No need for a time machine, there he is.
  28. Film is often too subtle and languorous for its own purposes: At times, it's close to soporific.

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